Deep Sky Section

Feb 17 Section Meeting

Just a quick reminder that our next section meeting will be held next Saturday night! You’ll notice a lot of changes to the site with our new observatory near completion and I would like to thank Phil for concreting the power pole for the 25” obsession.

 Last meeting we had a fantastic night with a great atmosphere celebrating Linda’s birthday. It was one of the clearest nights of observing we have had in quite some time. Jim, Ken and I made the most of the brilliant conditions, staying up till 4:30am until we noticed the moon start to rise which finally sent us off to bed.

I’m hoping for another great night next Saturday! Fingers crossed for some more fantastic viewing. I have observing lists at the ready for anyone who wants one so please come and ask.

On another note, a few people have requested I start the Messier 100 club so I’ve been working to put this together and should have it ready for the Messier Star Party. Please let me know if you are interested in starting this and I’ll organise a folder for you.

Hope to see you all next Saturday!


As the director of the Deep Sky Section I invite anyone who is interested in deep sky object observing to join us at the society's LMDSS in Heathcote, with the view of getting a regular group together to meet on a monthly basis.  If you have a telescope, bring it with you and if you don't there will be scopes to view through plus the society's 25-inch Obsession will be in operation.   If you are interested in being part of the group please let me know by emailing me, Paul Gardiner, at or call 0439 374 159, I would also be interested in hearing any suggestions as to what you would like to get out of being a participant in the group. i.e. completing the Messier 100, sketching / recording what I see or how to star hop to a faint fuzzy.

In the Deep Sky section, we are interested in observing objects which can only be seen in all their splendour when the skies are dark, the seeing is stable and transparency is clear.  These objects include a multitude of different shapes and sizes of galaxies, open and globular clusters, planetary nebulae, emission nebulae, reflection nebulae and dark nebulae to name a few.  

In this section, we aim to provide novice deep sky observers with the ability to learn from experienced observers about how to locate and observe these objects, which eyepieces and filters work best and the resources to get the most out of your observing experience.  For the seasoned observer, the Deep Sky section provides an arena to get together, share information and experiences and imparting knowledge to Astronomers new to the field, but most importantly having a great time doing the thing we love the most, driving our telescopes to their limits. 

Next Meeting:    17th February 2018

Location:             LMDSS site, Heathcote

Time:                    5.00pm

What to bring:     Telescope and equipment (not essential, if you don't own one), 

                              Camping chair and equipment, sleeping gear (if you are staying at the site) and a red torch (no white light) and lastly, warm clothing                               

Don't forget to obtain the gate/clubroom codes for access.

Some of our DSS members